University announces honorary degree recipients

first_imgIn addition to commencement speaker Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of Oxford University, Notre Dame will award six honorary degrees at its 170th Commencement ceremony on May 17, the University announced in a press release Monday.The honorary degree recipients, whose accomplishments span the fields of education, business, medicine and religion, are: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John E. Kelly III, Jane McAuliffe, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Shirley Welsh Ryan and Fr. Thomas F. Stransky.Hrabowski, who has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, will receive a doctor of laws degree, the release stated. A mathematician who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the peak of the civil rights movement, Hrabowski also serves as the chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.Kelly, senior vice president of solutions portfolio and research for IBM, will receive a doctor of engineering degree. He has held several different positions at IBM, beginning in 1980, and helped redesign the semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, according to the release. McAuliffe serves as the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which gives scholars the opportunity to research and interact with members of Congress, and will receive a doctor of laws degree. She has previously worked as the president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and as as dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2008. According to the release, McAuliffe is also a scholar of the Qur’an and early Islamic history.Quiñones-Hinojosa works as a professor of neurosurgery and oncology and director of the brain tumor surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will receive a doctor of science degree. According to the release, he was born in a small village outside of Mexicali, Mexico, and graduated from both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School.Ryan, who along with her son Corbett, a 2005 Notre Dame graduate, are the namesakes of Ryan Hall, will receive a doctor of laws degree. She is a trustee emerita of the University and served on the National Council on Disability, which led to the American with Disabilities Act, the release stated.Stransky, a Paulist priest and the rector emeritus of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, will receive a doctor of laws degree. According to the release, Stransky contributed heavily to one of the Second Vatican Council’s most important documents, the 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Stransky is also a former president of the Paulist fathers.Tags: 2015 Commencement, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Honorary degree, Jane McAuliffe, John E. Kelly III, Shirley Welsh Ryanlast_img read more

Parish backs beleaguered Holloway

first_imgCrystal Palace joint-chairman Steve Parish has given his backing to manager Ian Holloway despite the club’s poor start to the season. Press Association “I believe in the manager and I believe in his ability to create a winning team,” the Palace joint-chairman told the South London Press. “We need to keep the ball better. You can’t keep giving it away in this league because, unlike in the Championship, you won’t get it back. “Ian knows that and it was what we were trying to work on over the summer transfer window, bringing people in to try and help us do that. “I’ve got every faith in Ian to sort it out. There are a lot of new players and we’re trying to find both a formation and a way of playing. “We didn’t get what we deserved in the first few games and that puts us where we are. But we’ve got to keep believing. “I know we’re good enough to stay in this league. We just need to find a bit more of a goal threat and believe. “Southampton were the better side on Saturday but we weren’t battered in the second half. “There is a lot to be positive about. We’ve just got to pull together and get some results.” Palace will have to up their game significantly if they are to end their rotten streak this Saturday as they travel to second-place Liverpool. center_img Holloway earned great praise for guiding Palace into the Barclays Premier League last term, but he and his team have found life tough since. Holloway’s position has come under scrutiny after a run of just one win in six games but he retains the backing of Parish. last_img read more